Monday Misc.

 

Happy Monday Friends! The past two weeks have been a doozy. Here's why:

Zach:

  • I somehow managed to get food poisoning, atleast that's we think it was, twice in the past two weeks. And, whoah boy, was the second time a whirlwind. Without going into to many details, I wasn't pretty much out for the count for most of last week. Definitely a little scary and humbling when your body starts acting in weird ways. Glad to be on the upswing now though.
  • I did start reading the screenplay for the new Harry Potter movie, Fantastic Beasts. It's definitely not on the same level as the main series but it's just fun to spend more time in that world and see what she can come up with when she has a clean page to work with.
  • Sidenote: It's weird referring to the whole universe as Harry Potter when he's not even in these stories. Oh well.
  • We took a pottery class last week. I'd done a decent amount in high school but Jodi never has and has always wanted to.
  • Observation One: My wheel throwing skills are rusty as heck.
  • Observation Two: It would be so fun to have your own wheel and little kiln at some point and just sit outside on a nice day and make a ton of stuff.
  • Wedding photography can be an infuriating thing. You can book a ton one month and then nothing for the next three. That's just how it goes. That said, I've been able to meet up with a handful of wicked cool couples these past couple weeks to chat about their weddings. Super excited to work with them and see what we can make!
  • Jodi helps out with social media for a little bagel shop in Fargo named Bernbaums. (Best bagels in the area, hands down and their fig cream cheese is my favorite.)  We did a bagel photo shoot a the studio last week. Definitely fun to change things up and try new things. I think I still prefer people though.
  • First off, apparently a group of turkeys is called a rafter. Who knew? I had to look it up for the next one:
  • We live right near the river and there's a rafter of turkeys that roams around the area. They seem to really enjoy our front yard which means occasionally we get to wake up to the sound of turkeys in the morning.

Jodi:

  • After feeling like death thanks to food poisoning, I've been very thankful to enjoy eating again. Consequently, I've made cookies twice to celebrate - chocolate chip and matcha. Both vegan, too, since we were out of eggs and butter, which is probably good because they're all gone.
  • Zach got us a pottery class at the Plains Art Museum for Christmas! It was a ton of fun and I ended up with six usable things unless something exploded in the kiln...
  • I finished a book on writing by Terry Brooks that was quite helpful. It was encouraging and I think the best piece of advice he gives is "show, don't tell" when it's very tempting to do just the opposite most of the time.
  • Walking with a bunch of lovely women last Saturday morning reminded me of this quote from The Martian...
  • "The cost for my survival must have been hundreds of millions of dollars. All to save one dorky botanist. Why bother? Well okay, I know the answer to that. Part of it might be what I represent: progress, science, the interplanetary future we’ve dreamed of for centuries. But really, they did it because every human being has a basic instinct to help each other out. It might not seem that way sometimes, but it’s true. If a hiker gets lost in the woods, people will coordinate a search. If a train crashes, people will line up to give blood. If an earthquake levels a city, people all over the world will send emergency supplies. This is so fundamentally human that it’s found in every culture without exception. Yes, there are assholes who just don’t care, but they’re massively outnumbered by the people who do."
  • One of Zach's friends who I'm co-opting as a friend as the cutest rescue dog named Simon. I like to think that I'm the aunt that lets him have candy (in his case peanut butter) and get into trouble which annoys his dog dad. 😂
  • We watched the NHL All Star game this weekend and got to see Wayne Simmonds (the good guy) win MVP and Carey Price (arguably the best goalie in the league) let one of the hockey player's kids get a goal on him, which might've been the cutest thing I've ever seen. The kid played his best and ended up on his face after shooting the puck.
  • Also on the highlight reel was being taught how to solder by Lexie of Aerow Handmade at the Unglued Crew craft party. Stellar bunch of humans I'll tell you what.

Happy Trails!